Labor Day 2023
Monday, September 4, 2023
Where did the Summer of ’23 go? It seems like only yesterday it was late June and another endless summer was in the offing. It’s been a pretty long time since the ‘endless summer’ concept rattled around in my brain but hope still seems to spring eternal. It’s been a good time in Vanessa’s and my lives and we’ve been blessed with a good year. Our daughter Izze graduated high school, is taking a gap year, working at a local coffee shop and sharing her own apartment with a friend. She just stopped by the house to pick up her tennis racket. It was nice to see her. Even though we still live in the same town, I realize that she has left home and though she might visit for any of a number of reasons, she will never really return. That little girl is gone and a lovely young woman has taken her place. What more could one hope for in this moment? Yet… it is still bitter sweet.
My old pal Jack Casady will be showing up later this week and we will be getting ready to rehearse with Justin Guip for our final Electric Voyage with Hot Tuna. Indeed, the final electric tour with the band is right around the corner. Yes folks, this is the real deal. Be there or be… you know. Time marches on and I find it helpful to try to stay in tune with the reality that said time offers one. As long as one breathes life continues to be a work in progress. It will be interesting to see what door opens as this one closes.
It has been in the 90’s here in Southeast Ohio for the past couple of days and it looks as if the rest of the week will continue to be hot. I’ve been able to get some great morning motorcycle rides in the morning before it just gets too darn unpleasant. The leaves on the trees are beginning to look dusty and it won’t be long before they begin to turn and fall. The advancing seasons wait for no one.
Photo by Ginger Gagné
Today Vanessa and I went down to the house at the Fur Peace Ranch to take advantage of the little swimming pool before it is time to close it up for another year. The closing of the pool is truly the end of summer regardless of the date. Vanessa has already posted the first cannonball of the year and here on my site… is the last. The first one is Vanessa and myself working on our synchronized cannonballing act. The second is me executing it the way I learned to do it when I was a kid. Some things never change!
Gravity and age defying
Well folks, I hear fall lurking around the corner waiting to pounce. More updates will be posted as the rehearsals for the Final Electric Act progress!